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VOL. LVIII. XO. 17,905.
PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY,
HOOD RIVER MAYOR
PRODS TARDY ONES
MOPPIXG-UP CLUB OR FLAG
U-BOATS DO WEEK
OF POOR BUSINESS
HI FIRST 10
BUSH RETIRE AS
MINI III HI
IB VICTIM .HERD
Lynching in Illinois Has
LABOR CONFERENCE AT LOX.
BOX FACTOR IN" PLOT.
BRITISH VESSEL LOSS XEXT TO
LOWEST OP WAR PERIOD.
Bloody Struggle Rages
at Messines Ridge.
fiOCHES CROSS RIVER LYS
Enemy Claims 6000 Prisoners
and 100 Guns in Armentieres-
. La Bassee Canal Sector.
GIVENCHY FIGHTING BITTER
Britons Recapture Village in
Fierce Counter-Assault and
: Jake 800 Prisoners.
LONDON. April 10 Maintaining
their powerful attacks ia the north
ern part of the British line, the Ger
mans continued to gain ground today,
The official report from Field Marshal
Haig says that the British troops
were forced back to the line Wyt-
chaete, Messines Ridge and Ploeg
BERLIN, via London, April 10.
Six thousand prisoners and 100 guns
were captured by the Germans be
tween Armentieres and La Bassee
Canal, the official statement from
general headqucrters announces today.
The Germans hare crossed the Lys
RiTer at several points between
Armentieres and Estaires, according
to the evening statement from general
English Lines Penetrated.
"North of Armentieres," the state
ment adds, "we penetrated the British
lines on both sides of Waasten,
(Br th. AMdiM Frm)
WITH THE BRITISH ARMY IN
FRANCE, April 10. Messines ridge
and Ploegsteert wood, which last June
were cleared of Germans by a spec
tacular coup, again today were filled
with swirling masses of fiercely bat
tling troops as the result of a new
drive launched by the enemy between
Armentieres and Messines this morn
ing. For hours the German hordes have
been flinging themselves viciously
against the defending lines, and by
sheer weight of numbers forced their
way forward at several points into the
British positions. ...
Tide of Battle Fluctuates.
Messines, Floegsteert and Nineppe
all had come within the zone of the
bitter fighting during the forenoon,
but, with the attacks and counter at
tacks in progress, the situation was
changing so rapidly that it was im
possible to say at the time of filing
of this dispatch (2 T. M. Wednesday)
which way the tide of conflict was
Today's push north of Armentieres
was a continuation of the new phase
of the great offensive which boiled
up yesterday between Givenchy and
Armentieres, when the enemy surged
forward suddenly with fresh troops
and made a considerable dent in the
If the enemy attack of today should
succeed, Armentieres would lie in a
deep salient with the Germans well in
on either side of it.
In the meantime fighting is still pro
reeding at various points in the sector
between Givenchy and Armentieres. i
Amy's Destruction Sought.
One of the mean features of the
German plans for the offensive as a
whole now becomes obvious. The
Kaier is bent vn annihilating the
British army, as far as is possible.
The question of geography retires
to the background in comparison with
this pretentious programme. This was
threatened some time ago, and now it
appears that a serious attempt is be
ing made to put it into effect. At
tacks already made are believed to be
but forerunners of other" assaults
which will come in quick succession
along the British front.
Prisoners declare the offensive
above Armentieres will be extended 40
kilometers northward. Everything
the Germans ran put against the Brit
ish will be kept on this front, and
desperate fighting must be expected.
Portuguese Bear Brunt.
Yesterday's gains south of Armen
tieres were made mainly through the
Tortuguese front, where the Germans
Suspected Disloyalists Are Afforded
Cbance to Buy Bonds by Dl
rect Acting Executive.
HOOD RIVER. Or, April 10. (Spe
elal.) Liberty bond canvassing- teams
direct the attention of Mayor Dumble
to citizens of doubtful loyalty, and th
Mayor has not yet failed to bring- in
Today Mayor Dumble had a black
smith make a replica of one or the
rniriomi German man-killlnr clubs
as shown In an official liberty loan ad
vertlaement and used by the Buna to
dispatch wounded soldiers. Armed
with the club and a small American
flair. Mryor Dumble called on H. Bur
master, naturalised German, who has
been under suspicion.
The flag- and the weapon held aloft
In bis hands. Mayor Dumble askea
Bnrmaster which he supported. The
latter chose the flag-. At the Mayor'
request the man took the banner, and.
bearing: It aloft, marched in front of
the town's Chief Executive to the near
est bank to subscribe for a 150 bond.
Total subscriptions of $100,000 were
officially reported here tonight. leav
Ing a balance of 120.000 on the county
"MORAL" SHELLS HIT PARIS
Americans Eay Big Teuton Gun of
tittle Military Value.
AN ATLANTIC PORT. April 10.
The long-range gun with which the
Germans have been bombarding Paris
at Intervals since March 23. in the
opinion of Americans who arrived here
today on a French steamship, is being
Hred for "moral effect" rather than the
hope of Inflicting: material damage.
The effect of the shells, several of
the passengers said, was about equal
to the explosion of an ordinary six-Inch
projectile, and. so far as could be
learned, up to the time they left Paris,
only a few buildings of any conse
quence had been hit.
U. S. ASKEDJTO AID JEWS
American Cltisens Fleeing Before
AJlenby Declared In Peril.
WASHINGTON. April 10. Represent
ative ElegeL of New York, today asked
the State Department to investigate
the fate of more than 100 American
Jews In Jerusalem, who had been im
prisoned by the Turks and later were
forced to flee with the Turkish army
at the approach of General Allenbys
Representative Slegel told Secretary
Lansing that reports showed that the
captives were without food or adequate
clothtnsT and that nothing had been
heard from them since they were
driven from the city.
TACOMA CITY JOBS VACANT
Effort Will Be Made to Get Em
ployes In Portland and Seattle.
TACOMA. Wash.. April 10. (Special.)
-Unable to get men to fill city posi
tions in Tacoma. Secretary Eshelman,
the City Civil Service Commission,
was authorized by the City Council to-
v to advertise In Portland. Seattle
and other outside newspapers for ap
Mr. Eshelman told the Council that
i was getting no response from ad
vertisements In the city offical paper
nd that It was Impossible to fill
vacancies. Many of the city workers
have gone to the shipyards, where they
re paid higher wages.
YANK'S BACK QUEEN'S DESK
Sergeant Permits British Monarch's
Wife to t'se Back as Writing Pad.
LONDON. April 10. American sol
diers acted as guard of honor to King
George and Queen Mary yesterday
when their majesties Inspected a cer
tain famous works where thousands
of hands are employed day and night
Their majesties conversed freely with
officers and men and commented on
the smart and soldierly appearance of
Queen Mary, responding to a request
for an autograph, used a Sergeant's
back as a writing pad while she wrote
-Mary R-. 11."
MARCONI DIVIDEND VOTED
Wireless Company Declares 5
Cent First Payment.
NEW TORK. April 10. The Marconi
Wireless Telegraph Company of Amer
ica today declared an Initial dividend
of S per cent.
A quarterly dividend of I per cent
on the common stock, representing an
lncreas of one-quarter of 1 per cent,
as compared with the previous dis
bursement, was declared today by the
American Sumatra Tobacco Company.
RUSSIANS APPEAL TO HUNS
BolshevlLI Ask to Keep Army
Meet Japanese Menace.
LONDON. April 10. The Bolshevik
government has asked Germany for
permission to postpone the demoblllza-
I tion of the Russian army in conse-
! queue of the Japanese landing at
i Vladivostok, according? to reDorts In
circulation in Petrograd and forwarded
PRAGER REVEALED AS PATRIOT
Last Request Is for American
Flag as Shroud.
DEATH FACED FEARLESSLY
'Bravest Man I Ever Saw," Says
Leader or Vigilantes Who Hanged
Man Suspected of Be
ing German Spj.
COLUNSVILLE. 111.. April 10. A re
quest that his body b wrapped In the
American flag formed the last words of
Robert P. Prager, hanged here by a
mob early last Friday, according to
testlmonv today before the coroner's
inquest by Joseph Rlegel. it waa said
tonlKht by persons who were present
at the inquest, which was held behind
Rlegel. according to these persons.
admitted that he was a leader or the
mob and is said to hav given the
name of another member who was his
associate In the leadership.
Prager was hoisted Into the air by
boys from 12 to IS years old, Rlegel is
said to have testified. He is declared
to have said Prager denied that he was
a spy or that he had hoarded powder
with the purpose of blowing up the
Victim's Coarse Praised.
Rlegel. it Is said, paid a tribute to
Prager's bravery, declaring that the
latter never shed a tear except when
he kissed the flag and that he did not
beg- for mercy.
Rlegel made a confession early today
to a fit Louis newspaper man, ana
persons present at the Inquest asserted
tonight that Rlegel bad reiterated be
fore the Jury every detail mentioned
n his statement to the reporter.
According to Rlegel's alleged state
ment to th newspaper man, he said he
was In a CoUlnsville saloon about 10:16
o'clock Thursday night, when a police
man ordered the place closed, explain
ing that a crowd had gathered around
the JalL Leaving the saloon, he Joined
Army Fapera Wla Adsalaalon.
"The Mayor tried to get us to go
away, be said. no aeciarea tne man
was gone. I said I did not believe him.
and If he would not allow a united
States Army man to go in and see he
would not let anybody, and I showed
him my Army discharge papers.
"He told me to come and the crowd
followed me. If we had found the man.
In the cell we would not have bothered
him. but we were angry to feel that
the police had sneaked him away. We
went outside but decided to look again.
'Another man and I went into the
cellar and Beaver found Prager biding
in a pile of tiles. We led him out. An-
(Concluded on Pas. 8. Column 2.)
Plan Involves Attendance of Teuton
Socialists and Assassination
of World Democracy.
WASHINGTON. April 10. Warning
of a new German policy of Intrigue, far
overshadowing Zimmermann's efforts
to embroil. Mexico and Japan with the
United States, and designed to cause
demoralization in the allied countries
similar to that in Russia, was given
to the National Conference of American
Lecturers here today by William Eng
lleh Walling, of New York.
Declaring that the recent lnter-allled
labor conference at London had for its
real purpose the arranging of an in
ternational socialistic conference to
which German Socialists would be In
vited. Mr. Walling attacked the So
cialists of the allied nations. He as
serted that their purpose is to bring
about a peace of their own dictation
and that unless thir efforts are frus.
trated "the democratically elected gov
ernments of France, England and
America might as well abdicate."
The conference today discussed so
cial, economic and historical aspects of
the war. The speakers Included Pro
feasors Robert McElroy, of Princeton,
and John Bates Clark, of Columbia:
Dr. John A. Ryan, of th Catholic Uni
versity, and GuatavuB Myers, historian,
of this city.
FEATHER BED DEMANDED
Divorced Wife Waives Claim to All
Other Personal Property.
SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., April 10.
(Special.) All attempts at a reconcilia
tion having failed, Superior Judge
Thomas F. Graham today signed a de
cree granting Mrs. Anna Gulnasso a
divorce from John Guinasso. She was
awarded the decree recently by the
first Jury composed of women to sit
In a San Francisco court.
Judge Graham ordered an equal dis
tribution of $25,000 worth of community
Mrs. Gulnasso said In court today
that the only article of personal prop
erty she desired was a feather bed
brought from Italy, where they were
married 47 years ago.
Following the verdict of the women
Jury, Judge Graham asked the three
grown children of the couple to seek to
effect a reconciliation, but they report
SPEEDING PAIR MARRIED
Kind-Hearted Officer Helps Couple
to Get License at Oregon City.
OREGON CITY, Or, April 10. (Spe
cial.) "What's the hurry?" asked
Speed Officer Meads of James A. Ran
dall, Portland amusement man, of 30
North Twentieth street, Portland. Mr.
Randall, with Portland friends, was
rushing toward Oregon City at about
30 miles an hour.
"Well, If you must know," said the
driver, "I'm on my way to Oregon City
to get a marriage license and I'm afraid
the woman will change her mind."
Instead of making an arrest. Meads
escorted the party to the clerk's office,
where Mr. Randall obtained a license
to wed Miss Harrietts Potts, of 1021
Mlsslsslnnl avenue, and then took the
party over to Judge Elevers, who per- i
formed the marriage ceremony.
ORPHAN ANNIE AT SALEM.
HJLS-1-S.JLs.e JLS - n
Revamping of Oregon
' System Outlined.
EIGHT DEPARTMENTS PROVIDED
Few Elective Offices Would Be
Left Under Scheme.
LEGISLATURE MUST AC
Consolidation Commission to Secure
Service of Eastern Expert to
Make Survey and Re
port on Feasibility. '
What amounts to a commission form
of state government. Including the ad
ministration of state affairs under eight
departments, was tentatively agreed to
by the Consolidation Commission at
meeting In Portland yesterday, as
general plan to be recommended for the
consideration of the next Legislature.
Under the plan outlined, members of
the Supreme Court, Governor, Secre
tary of State and State Treasurer will
be the only elective state officers. The
duties and functions of all other state
officials, boards and commissions will
be assembled for administrative pur
poses under the proposed eight depart'
ments, which, for the present, have been
designated for convenience as follows
Law, finance, education, public welfare,
public domain, agriculture. Industry and
oommerce and labor.
It is proposed to vest in the Governor
full power to appoint a director or com
missioner to head each of these de
partments. To the director or commls
sloner, as he may be designated, will be
left the selection of his subordinates as
heads of the different bureaus which
will be affiliated with that particular
department. Together they will de
termlne the amount of clerical help re
quired and choose that assistance.
In their work to date, the members
of the Consolidation Commission have
not finally determined upon the class!
flcation of the various existing boards
and commissions now identified with
the state government to the eight de
partments that have been agreed to. A
final determination of this somewhat
complex problem will be deferred un
til, from a further inquiry Into the
work of these numerous boards and
commissions, it Is ascertained to which
department each properly should be as
In the meantime, the commission will
secure the services of Professor J. M.
Mathews, of the University of Chi
cago, who will make a survey of the
various state departments, boards and
commissions, study the nature and
scope of the work of each and deter.
mine what consolidations and possible
eliminations are feasible, together with
the saving that can be effected by In
troducing the plan that has been sug.
Uoon coming to Oregon Professor
Mathews will meet with th members
(Concluded on i-age . Column 2.)
Six Ships Sunk, Eleven Escape Tor
pedoes 2534 Arrivals and
2495 Sailings Reported.
LONDON. April 10. The sinking of
British merchantmen by mines or sub
marines last week reached the next
lowest level of any similar period since
Germany began her intensive subma
rine campaign early In 1917.
Four vessels of more than 1600 tons,
two of less than 1600 tons and two
fishing boats were Bent to the bottom.
The Admiralty statement adds:
' "Vessels unsuccessfully attacked 11,
Including two previously. Arrivals,
2034; sailings, 2495.
"Both fishermen reported today were
sunk during the week ending
The low record in sinkings for any
week since Germany began her inten
sive submarine campaign was. In the
aggregate weight of tonnage sunk, the
week of November 11, last. Then only
one vessel of over 1600 and five vessels
of less than 1600 tons were destroyed.
Last week's Admiralty statement an
nounced the sinking of six merchant
men of more than 1600 tons, seven of
less than 1600 tons and five fishing ves
sels. The previous week 28 merchant
men were sunk, 16 being of more than
1600 tons burden.
PARIS, April 10. Only two French
merchantmen, both over 1600 tons, were
sunk by mines or submarines during
the week ending April 6, according to
the official announcement tonight. One
vessel was unsuccessfully attacked.
AMSTERDAM, April 10. The Bel
glan relief steamer Flandres struck a
mine in the Free Channel Monday and
sank, according to the Handelsblad.
The crew was saved.
The Flandres was last reported in
available shipping records as having
arrived at an American Atlantic port
February 18. She was a vessel of 4157
tons and was owned at Antwerp.
AN ATLANTIC PORT, April 10. Re
ports that the Anchor Line steamship
Anchoria (British) bound from Glas
gow to New York, presumably in bal
last, was tomedoed and beached off
the Irish coast April 7 were confirmed
in shipping quarters today.
The Anchoria was a vessel of 6430
tons gross and was built In 1911.
Cochran Sets High Mark.
COCHRAN, Or, April 10. (Special.)
Cochran, Washington County, Ore
gon, subscribed 811,500 at an enthu
siastic- meeting In the mesp hall of the
Wheeler Logging Company.
First Lieutenant Tromley and W. L
Harrison, of Portland, were the speak
ers. The quota was $1000. This is i
subscription of 1100 per cent for
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature. 62
decrees: minimum, as degrees.
TODAY'S Showers; light winds, becoming
British forced back in Armentieres X.a
Bassee canal region. rage X.
British losses from U-boats drop next to
lowest weekly level of entire war. Fage 1.
Americans arrive on British battlezront.
Two hundred and eight-three names on
latest American casualty list, largest
number lor any one day ol war. Fags a.
Spain saved from political chaos by King's
masterly coup. Fage x.
British press support l.loyd George's plan
for Irish draft. Page 3.
Louise Bryant attends Congress of Societies
that marked rise of Trotzky. Fage 8.
Germany launches new propaganda to strike
at world democracy. Fage 1.
General Semenoff likely to bo defeated by
Bolshsvlki In Siberia. Fage S.
Senats military committee report severely
criticises air cratt programme ana recom.
mends drastic reorganization. Fago 4.
Mob victim at CoUlnsville, 111., disclosed at
inquest as brave and patriotic Fage 1.
6enator Stone, of Missouri, has paralytic
stroke. Fage 6.
Brigadier-General Reecho dismissed from
National Guard because o seditious sen
timents. Fage 6.
Beavers put pep into dally work-out at
Pendleton. Fage 1.
Washington defeats James John in first
game ol season. Fage 14.
Muff Bronson and George Ingle battle six
rounds to draw. Fage 14.
Camp Lewis military tournament witnessed
by lu.vuu. Fage i.
Hood River Mayor bids alleged disloyalists
choose between llag and uermaa war
club. Fage 1.
Further developments expected in Aberdeen,
Wash.. 1. w. w. roundup. Fage 7.
More candidates file declarations with Sec
retary Olcott. Fago 8.
Commercial and Marine.
Wool trading brought to standstill in Pacific
Northwest. Page 21.
July com may open at high price at Chi
cago. Fage 21.
Rails are lower and marines and coppers
firm in Wall street. Page 21.
New invention for caulking ships does work
of ten men. Fage IS.
Fort land and Vicinity.
Oregon subscribes full quota, but will go
right ahead getting more money. Fage 1.
Ad Club luncheon a rousing affair. Page 13.
Utility Board of Control favored by clvio
clubs committee. Fage 22.
World democracy depends on steadfastness
of Anglo-Saxons, Lord Murray tells Audi
torium audience. Page 16.
Will H. Hays, chairman of Republican Na
tional committee, arrives here today.
Miss Sarah Louise Arnold makes many ad
dresses in city. Fage 11.
Next quota of Division No. 6, of Portland,
ready to go to camp lewia. F&ge 10.
Wounded man in County Jail suspected of
participation in xroutdale sale cracking.
Default divorce decrees granted since March
5 may be illegal. Fag o.
Consolidation commission adopts tentative
plan for reorganization ox Oregon state
government. Fage 1.
F. C. Harley, of Astoria, may run for Gov.
ernor on light wines and light beer plat
form. Page 4.
Dr. Chapman points out church's oppor
tunity for patriotic service In war.
.Weather report, data and forecast p.,, gj.
CAMPAIGN WIL GARRY ON
State's Pride Is Aroused.
Million Dollars a Day to
Be New Slogan.
LIST OF HONOR TOWNS LONG
Portland Is Foremost Among
American Cities Splendid
Work Raises $10,050,000.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 10. Ore
gon liberty loan headquarters reported
to the Twelfth Federal Reserve District
headquarters tonight that Oregon had
passed its liberty loan quota of $18,
495,000 and that the state, exclusive
of Portland, with a quota of $8,445,000
had subscribed $12,313,400. Portland
has also exceeded its quota of $10,
050,000. Oregon and Portland won the right
to liberty loan honor flags last night,
when they drove far past the state's
quota of $18,495,000, with the same
vigorous purpose that has prevailed
since the opening of the campaign.
It is believed that both state and
city are first in the United States of-
cially to complete their allotted lib
erty loan .tasks, and to press forward
toward new goals of oversubscription.
State Manager Robert E. Smith has
telegraphed to Washington, D. C, for
definite information on Orearon's
claim for the honor.
Telegrams Sent to McAdoo.
The announcement that state and
city have exceeded their quotas is of
ficial, being announced in telegrams
that have been sent to Secretary Mc
Adoo by Edward Cookingham, chair
man for Oregon, and Emery Olmstead,
chairman for Portland.
At Liberty Place last night, when
the huge congregation of citizens had
gathered for the evening rally before
Liberty Temple, the first announce
ment of sweeping success and realized
ambition was made by Guy W. Talbot,
general in command of the Portland
campaign. The day's subscriptions
had been totaled, hundreds of eagerly
awaited messages had been received
from Oregon communities, and the
audit showed the state to have won a
signal patriotic victory.
Mighty Cheer Greets News.
I have the honor to announce,"
shouted General Talbot, "that Port
land and Oregon have gone over the
top, and are probably first in the
While the megaphone was yet at
his lips the throng lifted a mighty
cheer, and cheered again and again.
In Liberty Temple the officers and
workers were shaking hand3 and giv
ing congratulations. The crowd swirled
as the cheering sank, and broke into
In the two previous liberty loan
campaigns, both marked by intenre
spirit, there was never a moment that
matched for enthusiasm the outburst
that followed last night's announce
ment. For state and city had accom
plished in three and one-half days
the allotted task of 'a month.
Figures Are Official.
Telegrams were immediately dis- -
patched to Secretary McAdoo, at
Washington, D. C, and to Governor
Lynch, of the Twelfth Federal Re
serve District, at San Francisco, offi
cially advising them of the success
To Secretary McAdoo the following
telegram was sent by Mr. Cooking-
Have just sent the following tele
gram to Governor Lynch, Federal Re
serve Bank, San Francisco: 'At 8:34
tonight official audit shows that by
actual subscription and initial pay
ments into banks Oregon has exceeded
its quota. Our entire organization
will continue its efforts toward a sub- '
"Carrying On" Promised.
For Portland the following mes
sage was sent to Secretary McAdoo
by Mr. Olmstead:
"Have just sent the following tele
gram to Governor Lynch, Federal Re-
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